On June 4, 2019, a 60-year-old Army veteran from St. Petersburg was detained after authorities connected him to an IED emplaced at a Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Bay Pines. On 29 May 2019, Tampa Police Department (TPD) officers responded to reports of a suspicious package at the VA Hospital.The TPD Bomb Squad determined the suspicious package was an IED containing a 9-volt battery, electrical wires, an improvised initiator described as a tube with a light bulb, an unidentified black powder later determined to be consistent with pyrotechnic-type powder, and a clothes pin switch. On 31 May, the suspect’s wife reported to law enforcement that her husband had made an IED at their home. Upon further investigation, authorities determined both devices were similarly manufactured and arrested the suspect after recovering CCTV showing the him placing the IED at the hospital. The suspect was charged with possession of unregistered explosive devices.
Global K9 Protection Group
The GK9PG team is dedicated to mitigating the risk of explosive threats by developing customized security solutions. By mastering the art and science of canine detection our K9 Professionals are delivering this dynamic bio-sensory technology in over 28 cities within the United States. We are focused on the deployment of robust and comprehensive technologies to meet the ever-changing security landscape. By embracing digital transformation and infusing lessons learned, we are able to deliver the highest quality K9 services in the industry.